Aashe Maste

As I sat in my living room reading a book all I could hear was the drops of rain hitting the pavement something which is very rare for Riyadh, so I was enjoying the moment. Not only is it wet but it is also cold and that combination had me craving an exotic soup that I have not had in some years now. Aashe Maste is Iranian soup but the Afghans also have a very similar version as well. This Middle Eastern soup is thick and filling and perfect with a dollop of yogurt and fresh naan bread.

2 onions, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon Arabic spice mix
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup yellow split peas
5 cups water
1 cup uncooked rice
8 ounces ground beef
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
3 tablespoons fresh chopped mint
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
1 tablespoon butter
1 chicken bulloin cube
3 garlic cloves, diced
pinch saffron strands dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water
salt and pepper to taste
yogurt, to serve

1. In a 4-quart pan on medium heat add olive oil, garlic and one onion. Cook until tender. Add turmeric, split peas and water, Bring to a full boil then reduce to low. Cook for 20 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl add beef, Arabic spice mix and other onion. Mix well and shape into small balls the size of jaw breakers.

3. Carefully place meatballs into soup. Add chicken bullion, parsley, mint, cilantro, salt, pepper, butter and rice. Bring to a full boil, reduce to low and cover. Allow to cook until rice is tender about 30 minutes.

4. Pour saffron water into soup, mix. Place soup into serving bowls and add a dollop of yogurt into each one.

Yields: 6 servings


  • Anonymous says:


    OMG, that looks amazing! I love meatball soups.. <3

  • meeso says:

    That sounds super comforting and delicious!

  • Noor says:

    thanks a million it was SOOOOOOOOO good I never thought you could get the same taste like in the restaurants but I was wrong yumm

  • ://: Héni ://: says:

    machallah nice, you should enter this into AWED, it’s Irani cuisine this month!

  • Pancake says:

    Looking at it makes me hungry! I love Aash!

  • Mandi says:

    I just made this dish and it tastes FABULOUS!!!! I have never had Iranian food before this and would LOVE to try more. :0) Your blog is so fun to pick new recipes and everytime I make something I am very pleased with the outcome. I dont even have to really add more spices or etc to your dishes as they are usually right on the dot! Keep up the great work! You are making our tummies very happy here in South Dakota!!! ( My husband is from Saudi so he really appreciates your food blog!)

  • Noor says:

    Heni what do I do I am so confused?

  • Noor says:

    pancake thank you I know I love it too but I love almost all soups <3

  • Noor says:

    Mandi your so very welcome. I am pleased to hear that you and your family like my blog and my food. If you ever want to request anything please let me know :)

  • Umm Mymoonah says:

    Hi, Where should I login to see the Foodie Forum.

  • Noor says:

    Salams you go here and just sign up and then sign in from now on :)


  • Memyself says:

    Perfect soup for cold winters Masha Allah!

  • rose water says:

    I’m going to pick up some meat now and will try making this dish this afternoon! Looks so YUMMI! :) <3

  • Noor says:

    Thanks everyone and please let me know how it turns out.

  • rose water says:

    Dear Noor :)
    I loved the taste of this dish and it was great fun to prepare it too!
    My husband liked it too, but I couldn’t tell him that it was supposed to be a soup, ’cause it didn’t turn out like a soup at all, although I even added more water. Hehe. I left out the split peas, ’cause we didn’t have any, and I wonder if that’s the reason for the result, but I don’t really think so. Actually I don’t really understand it. Hehe. Perhaps you would have an explanation :) <3

  • Noor says:

    It is a thick soup with very little broth. But what is it that you do not understand about it?

  • rose water says:

    Oh alright. I just think the dish looks more liquid on the photo than how my dish turned out :) There was no broth at all actually, which is what I don’t understand :) But I liked it anyway! <3

  • Noor says:

    The recipe is filled with rice and other things so its quiet heavy. The liquid comes to the top in the picture. Did you follow this recipe 100%? I mean it says it a thick in the directions but you still should have had some liquid.

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